College basketball notes: Gators' Murphy has perfect night in rout of Badgers

November 15, 2012 

Erik Murphy is no longer just an outside threat.

Murphy tied a career-high with 24 points days after dealing with a migraine headache, and No. 10 Florida beat 22nd-ranked Wisconsin 74-56 on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-10 power forward made all 10 of his shots, including several in the post and two from three-point range, as the shorthanded Gators enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the night. He also had seven rebounds.

"That's the one dimension that I told Erik that he needed to add to his game: being able to catch the ball inside against a smaller person and score," coach Billy Donovan said. "Tonight he really did a good job of that."

Murphy became just the fourth player in school history and the 18th in Southeastern Conference history to take at least 10 shots in a game and make them all.

Mike Rosario added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for Florida (2-0), and Kenny Boynton chipped in 10.

Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren scored 11 points apiece for Wisconsin (1-1).

The Gators, playing without point guard Scottie Wilbekin (suspension) and forward Casey Prather (concussion), essentially won the game with fast starts in both halves. Florida scored the first nine points of the game and the first seven after intermission.

UCLA appeals Muhammad ruling: UCLA filed a formal appeal with the NCAA on Wednesday regarding freshman Shabazz Muhammad's being ruled ineligible to play basketball for violating amateurism rules.

Coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference that the case is expected to be heard by NCAA appeals committee on Friday, and the school hopes to have a resolution shortly thereafter.

If the committee rules in UCLA's favor, Muhammad would likely become eligible immediately. But if the committee rules that a violation occurred, the appeal would be denied and Muhammad would have to go through a reinstatement process to regain his eligibility.

The NCAA announced last Friday, less than two hours before the Bruins' season opener, that Muhammad was ineligible to play. The NCAA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.

Louisville recruits signed: Louisville has received signed letters of intent from all four of its 2013 recruits.

Chris Jones, a 5-foot-10 point guard and junior college All-American selection who led Northwest Florida State to the national title game, heads the Cardinals' class. Louisville coach Rick Pitino calls him the country's best backcourt prospect, and the Memphis native is considered the likely successor to Big East preseason player of the year Peyton Siva.

Louisville's three other recruits come from the high school and prep ranks: Akoy Agau, a 6-8 center from Omaha (Neb.) Central High School; Anton Gil, a 6-4 guard from Raleigh, N.C., from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.; and Terry Rozier, a 6-1 guard from Cleveland, also at Hargrave.

STATE MEN

IU-Southeast 80, Kentucky State: 77 (OT): The Thorobreds had two chances to tie in the closing seconds of overtime in a wild back-and-forth game. Patrick Dawson, with 18 points, led four scorers in double figures for Kentucky State.

The Thorobreds went scoreless for nearly seven minutes, falling behind 9-0 before a 20-4 run put them well in front with 7:55 left in the first half. Tryston Ford went to the line with a chance to win the game in regulation, but he missed one of two free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 72.

TOP 25 WOMEN

No. 9 Penn State 63, No. 16 Texas A&M 58: Trailing 56-51 with 6:24 left, Penn State closed the game with a 12-2 spurt for the win.

Alex Bentley scored 21 points and Maggie Lucas added 18 to lead the Nittany Lions. Junior center Kelsey Bone led the Aggies with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but she had two turnovers in the final 58 seconds.

Duquesne 51, No. 17 Delaware 47: Wumi Agunbiade finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Orsi Szecsi hit a late three-point shot to help Duquesne to the upset.

North Carolina 63, No. 25 Georgetown 48: Brittany Roundtree knocked down six three-pointers en route to 22 points and Krista Gross grabbed 15 rebounds for North Carolina.

STATE WOMEN

Eastern Kentucky 56, Kent State 42: Eastern Kentucky overcame a poor shooting night (32.8 percent from the field) by forcing Kent State into an even poorer shooting night (25.9 percent). Senior Jade Barber led EKU with 16 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks.

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